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UPDATED: The Tiki Times: Exclusive event guide The Tiki Times exclusive event guide
As 2019 winds to a close, more special events are being added that celebrate Tiki bars and culture. Check out our continually updated list of all the major happenings. Also, take a look back at photos and video from the year's top events.
Coming soon: Full 2020 preview

Miracle pop-up cocktails, reviewed and ranked Miracle on Rosemary and Miracle on Delray Beach from Death Or Glory
It's almost that time again: When thoughts of exotic holiday cocktails dance in our heads. To get in the spirit of the season, check out our reviews and rankings of all the drinks on the 2018 Miracle menu.
NEW: 2019 Miracle locations: Check the official website for locations in your area
Aloha Sippin' Santa! In addition to more than doubling the number of locations to 26 across the U.S. and Canada, Tiki cocktail author, historian and Latitude 29 bar owner Jeff "Beachbum" Berry will be welcoming the first three Florida pop-ups.
Coming soon: A full preview of Beachbum Berry's Sippin' Santa
NEW: 2019 Sippin' Santa locations: Check the official website for locations in your area

NEW: The living dead came to party at The Mai-Kai's Hulaween 2019 luau Hulaween 2019: Luau of the Living Dead
After 10 years, we know what to expect from The Mai-Kai's infamous Hulaween party: A night of kooky costumes, rockin' tunes and many cocktails consumed in the legendary Polynesian restaurant's Molokai bar. The 2019 bash lived up to those standards.
NEW: Full recap and photo gallery

NEW: Eerie and evil tunes for your Halloween shindig Skinny Jimmy's Picks: The top 5 most sinister surf songs
In this first in a series of special features on instro surf music, Skinny Jimmy Stingray gives us his picks for the most sinister surf songs. As Jimmy points out, "Nothing echoes quite as ghoulishly as the sound of a reverb-soaked electric guitar."
AUDIO/VIDEO: See and hear Jimmy's top five

The Mai-Kai cocktail review: If you're 'Passionate' about tropical drinks, this one's for you
Mai-Kai cocktail review: If you're 'Passionate' about tropical drinks, this one's for you
Check out our newly updated review of the Piña Passion, including a brand new tribute recipe and history of iconic drinks served in fresh pineapples. Learn about this symbol of hospitality and delicious mainstay at The Mai-Kai since 1956.

What we learned at Appleton master blender Joy Spence’s rum tasting at The Mai-Kai Appleton master blender Joy Spence hosts rare rum tasting at The Mai-Kai
What could possibly be better than an Appleton Estate rum tasting at The Mai-Kai? How about the first-ever such event at the historic Polynesian palace hosted by Joy Spence, the longtime master blender for the venerable Jamaican brand synonymous with pure premium rum. Check out our full recpap and photos, including 5 things you might not know about Joy Spence, 12 things we learned about how Appleton rum is made, and how she wants you to experience Appleton Estate rums.
Recipe: Joy Spence's favorite rum cocktail

The Atomic Grog presents new class and symposium at The Hukilau 2019
The Rums of The Mai-Kai, presented by The Atomic Grog at The Hukilau 2019
Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog took guests on an virtual journey to the Caribbean to learn about the key rums and styles that have dominated The Mai-Kai’s acclaimed cocktails for more than 60 years. He was joined by rum expert Stephen Remsberg for an Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class at Pier Sixty-Six hotel on June 8, and by Cocktail Wonk writer Matt Pietrek for an on-stage symposium at The Mai-Kai Grand Finale on June 9.
Hear Sunday's symposium on the Inside the Desert Oasis Room podcast
See the full preview plus last year's event recap and photos | Full 2019 recap coming soon!
* Get detailed reports and photos on Tiki Central
The Atomic Grog presents new class and symposium at The Hukilau 2019
COMING SOON: Exclusive news on a new replacement for Kohala Bay rum at The Mai-Kai, plus more!
More on the rums of The Mai-Kai
* The history of the potent, funky flavors from Guyana and Jamaica
* Demerara rum - The Mai-Kai's secret weapon

The Hukilau 2019 rewind: Photos and video from social media
The Hukilau 2019 rewind: Photos and video from social media
Like the daily thunderstorms that didn't seem to dampen anybody's spirits, The Hukilau careened through Fort Lauderdale on June 5-9 for its 18th annual Tiki weekender with an exhaustive schedule of events at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel, B Ocean Resort and the historic Mai-Kai restaurant. Here's a quick look back at all the fun via social media posts.
LISTEN: Stream our Spotify playlist to hear all the music

The Hukilau 2019: Women of Tiki take over the tower
The Tiki Tower Takeover at The Hukilau 2019
Thursday, June 6, was tropical cocktail heaven during the opening festivities of The Hukilau at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina in Fort Lauderdale. The signature Tiki Tower Takeover cocktail party included eight of the world's top female Tiki bartenders. Between sampling all the delicious drinks, hanging out with friends and enjoying the gorgeous views from the 17th-floor Pier Top Lounge, we managed to snap a few photos. Coming soon, a blog recap featuring more photos plus cocktail reviews and ratings.
Tiki Tower Takeover: Preview, photos and complete history
More on The Hukilau: Last party at Pier Sixty-Six? | Final preview, updates

The Mai-Kai Walking Tour on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast The Mai-Kai Walking Tour on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast
It was an honor to participate in The Mai-Kai history tour with carver Will Anders and manager Kern Mattei. It’s a real Tiki museum audio walking tour. CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE PODCAST
The podcast is also available on all major podcasting platforms: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.
Previous podcast: Hurricane Hayward talks Mai-Kai cocktails with Marooned
Related stories on The Atomic Grog
* The Mai-Kai is here to stay: 10 reasons why we love the historic South Fla. restaurant
* New giant carved Tiki added to The Mai-Kai’s outdoor garden for 60th anniversary
* 'King Kai' leads procession of new Tikis into The Mai-Kai
* Tour of The Mai-Kai's mysterious bars and kitchen (with photos)

Atomic Grog Cocktail Recipes, A through Z Atomic Grog Cocktail Recipes, A through Z
When The Atomic Grog launched in late April of 2011, the second post was a Tiki cocktail recipe. Now, more than 400 posts and 200 recipes later, we've put all those drinks into an alphabetical list for easy access as a treat to all of you who've supported the blog for the past eight years. CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE RECIPES
INTRO & MAHALOS: Recipe list marks eighth anniversary of blog

Drink like a native with the deadly Shrunken Skull
A deep dive into the history of a deadly classic cocktail Mai-Kai cocktail review: Drink like a native with the deadly Shrunken Skull
The Mai-Kai cocktail review: Fully enhanced with a brand new tribute recipe and the true ancestor recipe from Don the Beachcomber. Includes rich detail including info on all the mugs, the potent rums and the story behind those real shrunken skulls on display in one of the The Mai-Kai's secluded dining rooms. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY

The Hukilau 2019: Tiki Tower Takeover cocktail party sold out - Preview, photos and complete history The Hukilau 2019: Tiki Tower Takeover cocktail party sold out - Preview, photos and complete history
For the fifth year in a row, the signature event at The Hukilau has sold out months in advance. The Tiki Tower Takeover, held every June in the 17th floor rooftop ballroom at Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, will have added significance in 2019. The festive cocktail party that spotlights some of the world’s top Tiki bartenders will celebrate Women Who Tiki with eight female mixologists serving their own special creations. With the hotel closing for a massive refurbishment immediately after The Hukilau, it will also be the last Takeover in the tower for at least two years. >>>> Preview and bartender profiles
Plus more special features:
• History: Event recaps and photos, 2015-2017
• Photos: Recap and new images from last year’s Tiki Tower Takeover
• Recipe: Cotton Mouth Killer from Trailer Happiness

Event spotlight: Arizona Tiki Oasis brings Polynesian Pop party to the desert Arizona Tiki Oasis
Arizona Tiki Oasis featured all the hallmarks of the original event in a mid-century desert setting,
from a vintage hotel to some of the biggest names in the Tiki revival. >>>> Atomic Grog preview and social recap

DICK DALE, 1937-2019
The rock 'n' roll legend dubbed 'King of the Surf Guitar' has died at age 81

Dick Dale in South Florida
The Atomic Grog and Slammie Productions had the pleasure of booking and promoting six of Dick Dale's South Florida concerts over the last decade of his career. It was truly an honor. He will be missed.
Here's are links to all of our stories, including exclusive photos and a rare interview:
* Dick Dale: The most interesting man in rock ‘n’ roll
Exclusive interview, photos: Cancer survivor and rock legend Dick Dale: 'I had both feet in the grave'
* A Dick Dale concert is always the best way to celebrate another year of The Atomic Grog
Concert review, photos: Dick Dale's comeback revs into overdrive
* South Florida welcomes Dick Dale, but when will the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
* Nothing can stop surf guitar king Dick Dale
* The Atomic Grog celebrates first anniversary with the return of Dick Dale
Concert review, photos: Dick Dale shreds all doubts with sizzling shows
* Dick Dale, playing the tour of his life, hits South Florida
* What makes Dick Dale the 'King of the Surf Guitar'?
* Dick Dale's 2011 tour was seven years in the making

New cocktail books, magazine prove Tiki underground is alive and thriving
New cocktail books, magazine prove Tiki underground is alive and thriving
This year marks the publication of several new cocktail books along with continuing releases of a new quarterly magazine devoted to the revival of Polynesian Pop and mid-century culture. Who says social media and the Internet have killed off the printed word?
Bonus cocktail recipe: Lost Treasure by Syd Thomas of Tonga Hut

Surprise winner, new spirit of aloha at fifth annual Art of Tiki in South Beach
Surprise winner, new spirit of aloha at fifth annual Art of Tiki
Find out how an unassuming chef beat out Miami's top mixologists in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's tropical bartending competition. >>> Check out our review of the event and all the cocktails, plus exclusive photos and history of the event.
Photos, bonus recipe: Blue Bayou, served by Brian Miller at the 2019 SoBeWFF

100 Days to The Hukilau: Weekend events at The Mai-Kai to feature The Surfrajettes, preview party
100 Days to The Hukilau: Weekend events at The Mai-Kai to feature The Surfrajettes, preview party
The 18th annual Tiki weekender known as The Hukilau will not invade Fort Lauderdale until June, but local Tikiphiles got an early taste of the rum-fueled festivities March 2-3 when two special events kicked off the 2019 countdown at The Mai-Kai.
* Event preview of both events, plus video of The Surfrajettes at The Hukilau 2017

PHOTOS: VIPs, connoisseurs of fine spirits flock to first Miami Rum Congress
Miami Rum Congress 2019
The inaugural Miami Rum Congress was an unqualified success,
a star-studded gathering of rum industry experts that sold out the cozy and picturesque Shane Center in Miami Beach. >>> Photo gallery and event recap
* Atomic Grog preview and social recap

Inuhele celebrates Atlanta’s meteoric rise as Tiki destination Inuhele 2019
Now, in just its second year, the Tiki weekender known as Inuhele greatly expanded to include three days of bar-hopping, panels, vendors, bands, demos and more geared to the area's burgeoning scene. >>> Full preview and live coverage
Cocktail recipe: Makani Pahili by Skipper Mickey of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, one of the Iron TikiTender competitors at Inuhele

Special event: 'Demerara Rum - The Mai-Kai's Secret Weapon' Demerara Rum: The Mai-Kai's Secret Weapon on Jan. 19, 2019, at The Mai-Kai
The Atomic Grog was pleased to present a special happy-hour talk during The Mai-Kai Takeover event
on Jan. 19, presented by the Magical Tiki Meet-Up and Retro Rekindled.
Click here to check out our full event recap, including photos and highlights of our Demerara rum discussion.
See also: Rums of The Mai-Kai include potent, funky flavors from Guyana and Jamaica

Epcot's Native American art exhibit includes Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts Epcot's Native American art exhibit includes Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts
The Hawaii and California display spotlights one of seven geographic regions
of Native American art,
both historical and modern, in the American Heritage Gallery.

The Year in Tiki 2018: Recap all the top events with photos and video The Year in Tiki 2018: Recap all the top events with photos and video
Which events did you attend in 2018? Take a look back at the top happenings in the Tiki, rum and surf music worlds: Modernism Week, Inuhele: Atlanta Tiki Homebar Tour, Chicago Rum Festival, Viva Las Vegas, Tiki Caliente, The Hukilau, Rum Renaissance Festival, Surfer Joe Summer Festival, Ohana: Luau At The Lake, Tiki Kon, Tales of the Cocktail, Surf Guitar 101 Convention, Tiki Oasis, The Hula Hop, Asbury Park Surf Music Festival, Huka Pele Tiki Weekender, California Rum Festival, Makahiki: A Night of Tiki, New York Rum Festival, Circa Caliente, Malihini Tiki Festival, The UK RumFest, plus many more!

Florida bartender wins Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge at The Mai-Kai, earns trip to St. Lucia Florida bartender wins Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai Challenge at The Mai-Kai, earns trip to St. Lucia
UPDATE: Bartender Gregory Schutt pulled off an upset victory on Oct. 30 in the regional finals
of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge, edging several fellow Floridians and seasoned competitors
from cocktail hotbeds New Orleans and Chicago to earn a trip to the global finals in St. Lucia in 2019.
New Atomic Grog Mai Tai recipes: Oh Mai Darling | Atomic Mai Tai Cocktail

Hulaween 2018: Back from the Dead - 10th Anniversary Reunion Hulaween 2018: Back from the Dead - 10th Anniversary Reunion
On Oct. 26, The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale was overrun by a lively crowd of undead revelers who returned
from the grave for a 10th time in search of a rockin' good time with Slip and the Spinouts.
Photos on Facebook: The Atomic Grog's gallery | The Mai-Kai's gallery

The Atomic Grog on Marooned: A Texas Tiki Podcast The Atomic Grog on the Texas Tiki Podcast at The Mai-Kai
Listen to Hurricane Hayward and Texas Tiki and cocktail podcaster David Phantomatic in the Samoa Room at The Mai-Kai as they discuss (what else) the historic tropical drinks and influence of South Florida's Polynesian Palace.
* Check out the new tribute recipes for a Mai-Kai classic, the Mutiny

Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy: How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy: How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai
Tips and techniques from Hurricane Hayward of The Atomic Grog for turning your home bar into a Tiki cocktail paradise. Check out highlights from the sold-out class at The Hukilau 2018. Photo galleries: Facebook | Flickr
Updated reviews, recipes Big Bamboo | Bora Bora | K.O. Cooler | S.O.S.

The Hukilau 2018 recap: Photos and video from social media
The Hukilau 2018 photos by The Atomic Grog
Check out a compilation of images from the whirlwind Tiki weekend in Fort Lauderdale

Photos: The Mai-Kai updates bar menu, adds classic ‘lost’ cocktail
The 2018 cocktail menu at The Mai-Kai
A new cocktail menu made its debut on May 17 in The Molokai bar at The Mai-Kai,

marking first update to the classic tropical drink lineup since 2014.
The Okole Maluna Society: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide
Suffering Bastard tribute | See all 100+ recipes
Rums of The Mai-Kai include potent, funky flavors from Guyana and Jamaica

New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors
The monorail emerges from Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney World should soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails,

says the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains for Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.
But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans.

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Special feature
The Mai-Kai cocktail guide

Okole Maluna Society
Mai-Kai cocktail guide
The Atomic Grog reviews and rates more than 50 of The Mai-Kai's amazing tropical drinks
from the current menu plus reveals many lost classics. Add your comments and ratings, plus check out the ancestor and exclusive tribute recipes.
Friends of The Mai-Kai
Join the new Facebook group

Special tribute

The Mai-Kai is here to stay: 10 reasons why we love the historic South Florida restaurant
The Mai-Kai is here to stay: 10 reasons why we love the historic South Florida restaurant
A reminder of what makes this Fort Lauderdale landmark special as it promises to entertain, fascinate and satisfy us for years to come.

Special event

New giant carved Tiki added to The Mai-Kai’s outdoor garden in time for 60th anniversary
New giant carved Tiki added to The Mai-Kai’s outdoor garden in time for 60th anniversary
Looming 12 feet tall in the outdoor Tiki garden is Hiroa Nui, a new carving by a local artist who has spearheaded a resurgence of traditional artwork at the acclaimed Polynesian restaurant.
The Mai-Kai turns 60 with history presentations, celebration

Available now!
The Mai-Kai book release

Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant
Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant
The definitive book on the histoic Fort Lauderdale Tiki temple has been released. Get your copy now.

Event recaps

Altered State Tattoo's 20th anniversary
Recipes: The Atomic Grog serves up exotic cocktails at artist's birthday bash
Altered State Tattoo's 20th anniversary party
The Atomic Grog had the distinct pleasure of serving up cocktails
on Aug. 27 for special guests of artist Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli at the 20th anniversary party for Altered State Tattoo, the South Florida shop that has gained him a worldwide following for his highly creative ink.

A Fifth of Grog: 5th Anniversary Mai-Kai Mixer
‘Boozy’ blog celebrates fifth anniversary
The Atomic Grog celebrated its fifth anniversary on Saturday, April 30, with a cocktail party in The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai featuring live instrumental surf music from Skinny Jimmy Stingray, drink specials, giveaways, and more.

Mai-Kai news
The Atomic Grog exclusive

'King Kai' leads procession of new Tikis into The Mai-Kai
New Tiki installed at The Mai-KaiThanks to a dedicated group of artists and supporters, The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale has been blessed with the arrival of a new clan of Tiki carvings, most notably the 10-foot “King Kai” that now holds court in the outdoor garden.

Take 5
5 questions with ...

Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry, Tiki cocktail historian extraordinaire
Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry We caught up with the author in his natural habitat (The Mai-Kai gardens) and got his take on time travel, his new book, and his most loved (and loathed) drinks.

Otto von Stroheim, pioneering promoter and Tiki tastemaker
One cannot imagine what the modern Tiki revival would be like without Otto von Stroheim. A much less festive place, that's for sure. Check out our interview with the founder of Tiki Oasis.

Martin Cate, rum and cocktail maestro
Take 5 with Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove The owner of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco talks about his favorite drinks, a possible future project and why every city should have a great Tiki bar. Plus, bonus recipes for two of his most acclaimed cocktails.

Take 5 in South Florida
Bar/restaurant pioneer Rodney Mayo
Mai-Kai General Manager Kern Mattei
Artist Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli

S. Fla. features, reviews

Book makes waves, gives state's rich surfing history its due
Surfing Florida: A Photographic History When you examine the sport of surfing and its surrounding culture, Florida is sometimes overlooked while hot spots such as California and Hawaii grab the spotlight. A new book could go a long way toward changing that perception.
Past coverage
Florida at forefront of surf rock's contemporary renaissance

Retro culture

Modern Retro Disney World
Enchanted Tiki Room still charms, inspires
Walt Disney World's Enchanted Tiki Room Keeping Walt Disney's vision alive since 1971, this landmark theme park attraction received a welcome refurbishment in 2011 that heralded the return of the vintage show that pays tribute to the original Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.
Enchanted Tiki Room 50th anniversary

Walt Disney World's Main Street U.S.A. A journey back in time uncovers 'Disney side'
My first visit to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando was in 1972, but it wasn't until decades later that events conspired to make me a fan for life.
Retro Disney World
30 years of Epcot magic
Artists shine at 40th birthday party
Disney World is still cool at 40

About this blog
What is The Atomic Grog?

The Hukilau 2017

Special event
The Hukilau 2017: June 7-11

The Hukilau 2017

Daily recaps, photos and video
Get the latest news and updates, plus live coverage from the the 16th annual Tiki weekender in Fort Lauderdale.
Previous news: Updated schedule, drawing and silent auction

60 years of Tiki cocktail history

The Atomic Grog explores 60 years of Tiki cocktail history
More than 100 Tiki explorers took a trip through time, from 1956 to the present day, via the lavish tropical drink menus of the world famous Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale during The Hukilau on Sunday, June 11.

Ian Burrell 5 questions with ...
Ian Burrell, the global ambassador of rum
There's nobody better suited to represent rum than the globe-trotting Ian "Rum Ambassador" Burrell, a UK native of Jamaican descent who seems to have the fun and lively spirit running through his veins.

The Hukilau 2016 recap
Villagers celebrate 15th anniversary of the East Coast's longest-running Tiki event at Pier 66, The Mai-Kai

The Atomic Grog's exclusive coverage, featuring photos from more than a dozen photographers, first-person stories, bonus cocktail recipes, plus more!
Day 2: Savage Jungle Swimshow, Tiki Tower Takeover, Kickoff Party and Tiki Treasures Bazaar, Shag's SkyLounge, After Party at Kreepy Tiki
The Hukilau 2016
The Hukilau 2016

Day 1: Smuggler's Cove book signing, Pre-Party at The Mai-Kai, The Wreck Bar mermaid show
The Hukilau 2016

A look back: The Hukilau history
The Hukilau
Tiki Kiliki: 15 years of The Hukilau,
15 years of memories

Video: A look back at The Hukilau’s first 14 years

Tiki culture

10 reasons why you need Sven Kirsten’s new book, Tiki Pop
Tiki Pop by Sven Kirsten The third hardcover opus from acclaimed Tiki urban archaeologist Sven Kirsten puts many pop culture historians to shame, exploring in rich and colorful detail the uniquely American phenomenon that permeated fashion, music, eating, drinking, and architecture for decades.

A deep dive into the history of porthole cocktail lounges and their mysterious mermaids
Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid
If you've ever wondered about the origins of the porthole lounge, or where you can still find one inhabited by live mermaids, then "Cocktails & Fishtails" was a must-see among The Hukilau's symposiums in 2014.
Past coverage
Tiki artists salute The Mai-Kai with one-of-a-kind mugs
PBS stations say aloha to long-awaited documentary
Massive Shag volcano bowl released
Mini Mystery Bowl: Scaled-down version of a classic
6 ways to celebrate Tiki all year long

Spirits, cocktails

Navy Rum and Black Tot Day
When men were men, and sailors drank Daiquiris
Pusser's Navy Rum No other spirit has as deep and rich a legacy as rum, best exemplified by the fascinating story of the 300-year history of the daily ration given to members of the British Royal Navy. More than drunken revelry, they should be acknowledged for pioneering the fine craft of blending rums.
Recipe: Atomic Painkiller

National Tequila Day
Spice up your tequila cocktails with fiery gourmet syrups
The Ghost Host A great margarita never goes out of style and has been embraced and elevated by the craft cocktail movement, with great results. One tasty sub-genre is the spicy cocktail, typically infused with hot peppers and myriad spices.
Reviews and recipes:
Habanero Lime Margarita | Ghost Host

Navy Grog ice cone: Lost art is revived by cocktail enthusiasts
Navy Grog ice cones Author and cocktail historian Jeff "Beachbum" Berry solidified his standing as the "Indiana Jones" of Tiki mixology with his first branded product, unearthing a long-lost gadget from the catacombs of mid-century bar culture: Beachbum Berry's Navy Grog Ice Cone Kit.
Related stories
Jeff Berry proves he’s never too busy to be a 'Beachbum'
Potions of the Caribbean: Cruise back to the birthplace of Tiki drinks

Review: Ice sphere molds
Home mixologists can get crafty with ice molds, modern cocktails
Review: Ice sphere molds We put two new products to the test, proving that you don't need to be an ice sculptor to join the craft cocktail bandwagon. Plus: A bonus recipe for a new orginal concoction.

Special feature
Worldwide events guide

The Tiki Times

Plan your next Tiki excursion
Check out our continually updated guide to what’s going on across the world of Tiki culture, a reliable resource of where to find special events that touch on topics of interest to many Tikiphiles. You’ll find all the major Tiki festivals, plus other top events that scratch our itch for rum and cocktails, surf and rockabilly music, mid-century modern design, Disney parks, plus more.
2018 in review: Photos, video, recaps of all the top events

2017 event recaps
December: Spirited holiday happenings in Calif. and beyond
Tiki Festival: Island of Hawaii
Rum fests, bar tours and art shows across the globe The Art of Tiki: Exhibition opening party and book release
October: Historic art show in L.A., world's biggest rumfest in London, Circa Caliente in Palm Springs, Halloween happenings
The Art of the Tiki panel at Dragon Con
September: Texas goes Tiki, Deep South surf rock, rum fests from coast to coast
Tiki Oasis
August: Tiki Oasis, surf guitar and hot summer events
July: Tales of the Cocktail takes over
The Hukilau
June: The Hukilau, Ohana: Luau At The Lake, Tiki Kon and more
May: Tiki Caliente, more summer kickoff parties
Miami Rum Festival
April: Surf and rockabilly, Miami Rum Festival, Chicago Area Tiki Tour
Shag book-signing and print release
March: Shag art shows, Tiki bars and festivals, surf rock
Brian Miller at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami
February: Bar openings and closings, cocktail competitions, Modernism Week
The Tiki Times: Check the main page for full coverage

Tiki news
The Week in Tiki

The Week in Tiki Take a look back at all the happenings in the world of Tiki from January 2015 through May 2016.

Weekly features:
Artist | Band/music
Bar | Website | Rum | Cocktail | Events

The Week in Tiki archive

Special feature
The Year in Tiki 2015

Legends lost, but revival becomes renaissance with new bars, music, art and more
The Year in Tiki It was a year of both sadness and elation, when some legends were lost but the world of Tiki made great strides. We were bolstered by the fact that a new generation of artists and musicians are taking inspiration from the past and creating an incredible new body of work. And Tiki culture was embraced and celebrated across the country at sold-out events and a whole new wave of bars.

The Week in Tiki • April 27-May 3: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto grand opening
• April 20-26: Rum fest invades Miami, S. Fla.’s underwater Easter Island, Shag goes to ‘The Twilight Zone’

The Week in Tiki • April 6-12: Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows open


Dick Dale exclusive interview & photos
Cancer survivor and rock legend: 'I had both feet in the grave'
Dick Dale at Grand Central in Miami on April 25, 2013 Rock 'n' roll icon Dick Dale is in the midst of a career resurgence at age 76, despite battling cancer and other serious health issues that would have derailed musicians half his age. Check out our exclusive interview and photos from his 2013 concert in Miami.
See the interview | Photos
• Related: Laramie Dean/Jimmy Dale concert photos | Laramie Dean interview

In memoriam
Wayne Coombs
Wayne Coombs of Mai Tiki, 1949-2012

Culture & travel

The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Stretching the limits
of the imagination

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is a surreal experience in its own right.
Mermaids alive, well at Weeki Wachee

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